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Asbestos Surveys and What is Asbestos?

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What is Asbestos?

Asbestos is a group of six naturally occurring fibrous minerals composed of thin, needle-like fibers. Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral composed of soft and flexible fibers that are resistant to heat, electricity and corrosion. These qualities make the mineral useful, but they also make asbestos exposure highly toxic.

Asbestos is an effective insulator, and it can be used in cloth, paper, cement, plastic and other materials to make them stronger. But when asbestos dust is inhaled or ingested, mineral fibers can become permanently trapped in the body. Over decades, trapped asbestos fibers can cause inflammation, scarring and eventually genetic damage. A rare and aggressive cancer called mesothelioma is almost exclusively caused by asbestos exposure. Asbestos also causes other forms of cancer as well as progressive lung disease.

Exposure to asbestos causes several cancers and diseases, including mesothelioma and asbestosis. Although asbestos strengthens and fireproofs materials, it is banned in many countries. Asbestos is not banned in the United States.


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Diseases that are Asbestos Related

There are a few scientific studies that show exposure to asbestos is linked to several diseases, including cancers.

Mesothelioma is a type of cancer almost exclusively caused by asbestos exposure. The mineral also causes asbestos-related lung cancer, ovarian cancer and laryngeal cancer.

Some of the other Asbestos related diseases are: 

  • Asbestosis

  • Plueral Effusion

  • Pleural Plaques

  • Pleuritis

  • Diffuse Pleural Thickening

  • COPD


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